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Consultation launched on key West Midlands rail freight hub

14 June 2016

A public consultation is being launched today on plans for a major strategic rail freight hub near Birmingham.

The rail freight terminal at Four Ashes would be built on land near the M6 and linked directly to the West Coast Mainline, one of the country’s principal rail freight routes. The terminal will boost the West Midlands economy by creating up to 8,500 green jobs; reducing lorry congestion and collisions; and improving air quality.

Philippa Edmunds, Freight on Rail Manager, said: “Terminals are the freight equivalent of stations for passengers.  Without more terminals in the right locations near population centres with good road and rail links, rail freight cannot expand its market and reduce the adverse impacts of freight distribution. Interchanges like Four Ashes could realise a step change in the use of rail for transporting consumer products as they allow rail to compete with HGVs by reducing costs.  Each freight train out of this hub could remove 75 HGVs from the congested road network.

“We have long called for the need for a strategic terminal in this region.  Now the public can have their say on the proposals.”

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For further information please contact Alice Ridley on 020 7566 6495 / 07984 773 468 or alice.ridley@bettertransport.org.uk

Notes to Editors

  1. This project is being led by Kilbride Holdings a partner in Four Ashes Limited which specialises in developing rail related infrastructure projects. Plans were unveiled in April 2016 and the public consultation is now open at www.westmidlandsinterchange.co.uk.
  2. Pre-application Consultation lasts 18 months on this nationally significant infrastructure project. A Development Consent Order is then required with approval from the Secretary of State for Transport.
  3. Freight on Rail is a partnership between Campaign for Better Transport, the rail freight industry and transport trade unions and is hosted by Campaign for Better Transport.